July 22, 2014

Oklahoma City Traffic Commission Approves Regulating App-Based Ride Services

The proposed update of the city’s “vehicle-for-hire” ordinances will now go to the city council, where it will be reviewed at least three times before official changes are made.

July 22, 2014

New Indiana Data Hub Tracks State, Local Government Effectiveness

Gov. Mike Pence said he wanted state and local government databases and transparency websites combined into a single, easy-to-use performance-monitoring center that could reveal overlooked efficiencies and track the progress of his "road map" goals.

July 22, 2014

How do trains in the Netherlands show which cars have empty seats?

Answer: not an app, a sign

July 21, 2014

Bus Rapid Transit, P3s on Tap for Colorado Roadways

The Colorado Department of Transportation is embarking on projects of a massive scale that will transform driving as we now know it.

July 21, 2014

Washington D.C. Launches Open Data Policy, FOIA Portal

The district also reveals plans to hire its first chief data officer to direct transparency efforts.

July 21, 2014

Health Data Isn’t Just for Hospitals

How planners in Oregon and Kentucky use smartphones to collect valuable information.

July 21, 2014

U.S. Reps Sponsor Bipartisan Wi-Fi Innovation Act

The bill’s primary sponsor, Rep. Bob Latta (R-Ohio), says the Wi-Fi Innovation Act would direct the FCC to conduct tests within the 5 GHz spectrum band to determine if spectrum can be shared without interfering with current users.

July 21, 2014

Ride Services Up Against Big Lobbying Push in Sacramento, Calif.

Uber and fellow San Francisco ride service startups Lyft and Sidecar are exploding in popularity nationwide, but in Sacramento, they're being vastly outspent by their opponents when it comes to lobbying.

July 21, 2014

Rohnert Park, Calif. Joins the 'Hydrogen Highway'

A Eureka company recently received a $5.3 million grant from the California Energy Commission to build three hydrogen fueling stations in the state, including the only one on the North Coast at a Rohnert Park 76 gas station.

July 21, 2014

Identifying Cyber-Criminals is No. 1 Challenge, Lawyer Says

Online hacking cases are tough for investigators because criminals can easily cover their tracks, legal experts agree. Even when the trail leads to a single computer, it can be hard to prove who was at the keyboard.

July 21, 2014

Red Light Cameras Tag Thousands of Chicago Drivers for Undeserved Tickets

Chicago transportation officials say they had no knowledge of the wild swings in ticketing — even though City Hall legally required the camera vendor to watch for the slightest anomaly in ticketing patterns every day.

July 21, 2014

Nearly Every State Is at Risk of a Damaging Earthquake, Report Says

The updated National Seismic Hazards Maps from the U.S. Geological Survey show the most current understanding of where future earthquakes will occur.

July 21, 2014

Finding the Money for Water Infrastructure

A new federal loan program, patterned after a successful one for transportation, has a lot of potential for badly needed water projects.

July 21, 2014

Air Force Academy Pilots Food Waste to Energy

The Academy looks to reduce energy use and cost at its wastewater treatment plant and convert food waste from its dining hall into energy.

July 21, 2014

FAA Rules on Drones Grounding Science

While unmanned aerial vehicles are beginning to capture the broader public's attention, many scientists say they can revolutionize marine research and conservation efforts without risking life, limb or graduate student.

July 21, 2014

New Program Helps W.Va. Cities and Towns Manage Finances Online

The new program called LGov, referring to the assistance it gives cities and other local entities, allows users to pay bills on smartphone, gets money in the system faster and helps keep paperwork down.

July 21, 2014

Pittsburgh's Bureau of Building Inspection Still Not Computerized

In 2009, the city passed a resolution with Accela Inc. to develop and install a Web-based permitting system called Citizens Access Module. Today, the bureau continues to operate largely on paper.

July 21, 2014

How is one school district ensuring kids don’t get lost?

Answer: RFID chips

July 21, 2014

How Will Jennifer Pahlka's Year with the Feds Impact Code for America Operations?

After serving as U.S. deputy chief technology officer, CfA's founder and executive director says in this Q&A that she's focused on creating a government that works for the people and by the people in the 21st century.

July 20, 2014

Outlook for federal action in cyberspace: Expect new net neutrality rules but no cyber laws anytime soon

As we head into the mid-term elections, what cyber policy action is likely in 2014?